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Update #58

The Biweekly Kickstarter Update’s Castle of Freaks: 4-15-2013

A gracious “good afternoon” to all you Larryettes. 

As we near the release of Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, this update finds me a little wistful. We began our Kickstarter efforts on April 2nd, 2012; it’s just over a year later, and the end is well within sight. And to think that, within just a few weeks, these updates will no longer even be necessary. 

Today and tomorrow will be the final recording sessions for the game voices. That’s been a monumental task; with about 8,500 lines of dialogue and narration and 60 different characters, Al and I slogged through weeks of marathon sessions to get it all done. (Just about the only messages that won’t be voiced are the inventory-on-inventory responses, of which there are hundreds more, and the Blackjack/Slot Machine messages.) 

Most of the sessions consist of Al, Randy (our brilliant and incredibly detail-minded engineer/editor at Hamsterball Studios), the “talent,” and me, all on Skype. Al’s in Seattle, I’m in Albany, Randy’s in Austin, and most of the talent is in LA. The talent’s already gotten their scripts, as well as visuals of the character(s) they’re portraying. We go line-by-line, recording each one anywhere from once (if they nail it off the bat) to maybe a dozen times if necessary. 

What do we listen for? 

Well, sticking to the script is important. The game’s being translated into many different languages, so every time an actor improvises and we end up changing a line (because we like the improvised version better), there’s actually more time and money involved than simply changing the text to match the actor’s version. 

Beyond that, we’re listening for subtext and interpretation, pacing, consistency of accents and dialects, and “popped” p’s and b’s and other aural distortions. Al, Randy, and I all tend to catch different things with every single read, so naturally there are a lot of retakes. It’s also not unusual for Al or me to read the part of another character so that the actor whose voice we’re recording has something to react to. We frequently end up splicing – the beginning of one read and the end of another, for instance – to come up with the version we think sounds perfect. 

So it’s a lengthy process, and it can’t be rushed. But it’s punctuated with a lot of laughter and a lot of creativity all coming together in real-time. That keeps the energy and excitement up even when we’re doing inhumanly long sessions. 

Also in the next couple of days, N-Fusion will be putting in the very last of the animations. So with a couple of weeks’ worth of polish and internal testing, and plugging in all the speech, we’ll be ready for beta. 

And now, a surprise: a video, courtesy of Al Lowe. I won’t tell you what it’s about, but I do want to give credit where it’s due. Al conceptualized this video, directed *and* shot it himself, and edited it. (His daughter selected the music, “It's Time” by Imagine Dragons, http://www.imaginedragonsmusic.com.) 

As you’ll see, none of it would’ve happened without the terrific team at www.darkhorseink.com, who have our gratitude for their hard work and perfectionism…the results of which many of you will be enjoying shortly. 

Without further adieu… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feZF9O0aH20

Your obedient servant, 

Josh Mandel

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      Creator Nathaniel Tolbert on April 25, 2013

      Everything looks wonderful. I find it extremely fascinating how they actually apply the design work to the shirt. Here's looking forward to the release of Larry again! I'm excited to see what the collector's edition box looks like. That will sit proudly on my shelf next to all of the boxed copies originally released by Sierra.

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      Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-AA496 on April 17, 2013

      @Joe: probably early July, taking into account all the delays we've been having until now. :-P
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      Creator Julie on April 17, 2013

      Wow, I didn't realize the complex process of making a t-shirt! Makes me appreciate it much more now. :) Can't wait to get mine in the mail! ^_^

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      Creator Joe Coughlin on April 17, 2013

      Great looking shirt!!! Front and back looks awesome. When do backers get delivery?

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      Creator DurkaDurka on April 17, 2013

      I think the Tee-Shirts are great. Can't wait to get one so i can stain it with picante sauce and
      spilled bourbon. Speaking of which where is my Shot Glass Making Of video??? I want my shot glass.

      One of the comments on YouTube had me almost fallign from chair as it was such idiocy on the part of the poster, or maybe sarcasm. Poster said they found the Tee-Shirt design on the back
      silly and immature and would not wear it.

      My first thought that yo-yo will be very let down by the game. Muahahah. What? LSL game humor 'immature'. Dur. Dork.

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      Creator Alanceil on April 16, 2013

      "The owner has not made this video available on mobile" ... did something go wrong or did GEMA block yet another video ?

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      Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-AA496 on April 16, 2013

      It took me until the last seconds of that video to figure out the process. I'll gladly wear that t-shirt, it looks great.
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      Creator Gavin Lambert - Tormented Dreamer on April 16, 2013

      Aww. Now I wish I'd backed at a t-shirt tier. Oh well, at least I'll have the game to enjoy. (I think I must have missed seeing the shirt design while the KS campaign was running, or I would probably have upgraded.)

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      Creator Jim M. on April 16, 2013

      Looking forward to the game, guys. Shirts are looking great, too!

      @Justin: If you don't want the shirt, would you consider selling it on eBay? So backers who couldn't afford to pledge that high during the Kickstarter can have a chance at getting it? Just a thought.

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      Creator Josh Mandel on April 16, 2013

      Tom Laermans, every time I say it the *right* way, I get people "correcting" me! I figured my odds were better this way. ;-)

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      Creator Tomimt on April 16, 2013

      I now kinda wish I'd backed for the shirt, but I guess I just need to be happy about the game.

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      Creator Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-AA496 on April 16, 2013

      Video loads just fine in Belgium. :-)
      *is also sadly going to miss these biweekly updates*
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      Creator Lee Ritchie on April 16, 2013

      The video is viewable in Japan. やった

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      Creator Mahony_BK on April 16, 2013

      And because auf this fine selected music, the video is not viewable in germany.... YAY -.-

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      Creator Tom Laermans on April 16, 2013

      I'm sorry, without further what?

      Also, yay, very happy I pledged for the T-shirt... AND MORE :D

      I hope the next ones are being reloaded too, and as everyone below says, I'll be missing these updates too...

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      Creator DarthDavy - Weresheep of Sin on April 16, 2013

      I'm so happy to see the T-shirts are quality made and not some cheap ass print that washes off after two times in the washing machine.

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      Creator Paco Zafra on April 16, 2013

      Anyway I can buy one of those Lefty's t-shirt?

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      Creator Ashley A. Gray on April 16, 2013

      I'm regretting not pledging enough for a shirt :(

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      Creator Adam Sherman on April 16, 2013

      I'm glad I pledged enough for a shirt.

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      Creator ☜☆RSF☆☞ on April 15, 2013

      Great update and fantastic video!!

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      Creator Jeroen Dekkers on April 15, 2013

      @Justin: what makes it look arrogant to you? I dont get that vibe at all..

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      Creator Justin on April 15, 2013

      @Irishmile - To me, it's very arrogant...and ugly. Just my opinion, I don't expect anyone to share it. I would feel like an idiot wearing it. Just not my thing. I also don't really care for big, fat, huge logos on the front.

      However, I'm very excited for everything else!

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      Creator Replay Games on April 15, 2013

      Hey Guys

      I have an alternative link to the video.

      https://s3.amazonaws.com/replaygame/img/etc/DarkHorseDoesLeisureSuitLarry.mp4

      -Britton

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on April 15, 2013

      I'm with Irish. I'm gonna miss these updates. At least we'll always have the forums. ;)
      As for the shirt, I'm so looking forward to getting mine and showing it off.

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      Creator Irishmile on April 15, 2013

      I'm really going to miss your updates, its been a really great ride from start to finish.

      The video is really great, great music choice as well, who knew something as simple as shirt printing could be so captivating.. but i suppose credit is due to Al for the editing.

      @Justin what is wrong with the back of the shirt to make you want to bin it? I will never wear mine.. it will be kept perfect.. along with that cool vintage Land of the Lounge Lizards shirt I have.. also thanks to Replay...

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      Creator Lee Ritchie on April 15, 2013

      Nice work Gents!

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      Creator Paskarl (k0SH) on April 15, 2013

      @Alex:
      Just use a free proxy service like http://www.proxfree.com/youtube-proxy.php
      Copy paste the yt-url to it and enjoy the video :-)

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      Creator Kabraxis on April 15, 2013

      Too bad, as Alex said, the video is not available to watch in Germany (due to the music).

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      Creator Dimensio on April 15, 2013

      Does anyone know who is voicing the game narrator?

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      Creator Justin on April 15, 2013

      Imagine Dragons are EVERYWHERE!!!! I hope people don't burn out too quickly.

      Sadly, because of the back of the shirt it'll be going straight to the trash can. Ah well. Look forward to the game though!!!

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      Creator Alex Valero "Danda" on April 15, 2013

      The video is restricted (=censored) in Germany.

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      Creator Paskarl (k0SH) on April 15, 2013

      Nice video!
      Good work dark horse inc. !!!

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      Creator Nicholas Caluda on April 15, 2013

      Oh, man. I must be some sort of a wreck today, because I actually found a video of t-shirts being printed incredibly emotionally fulfilling. It's awesome to have done this with you guys!

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      Creator Brian Watzig on April 15, 2013

      YAY! screen printing, used to love doing that in high school, and getting the accidental ink off the shirts. lining up those layers always took the longest once the design was finalized, I remember spending over an hour lining up a 4 lay/color print job

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